Santorini (Thira)
Heraklion
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Santorini (Thira) Heraklion Ferries

The Santorini (Thira) Heraklion ferry route connects Cyclades Islands with Crete and is currently operated by 5 ferry companies. Blue Star Ferries operate their crossing up to 1 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week, SeaJets 12 times per week, Minoan Lines 3 times per week & the Cyclades Fast Ferries service is available up to 4 times per week.

There are a combined 21 sailings available per week on the Santorini (Thira) Heraklion crossing between Cyclades Islands and Crete and with 5 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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Santorini (Thira) - Crete (Heraklion) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price 177 €*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 1h 52m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 40m
First Ferry 01:00
Last Ferry 17:00
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Thira to Heraklion?

    The approximate duration for ferries from Thira to Heraklion is 2h 57m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • How much is the ferry from Thira to Heraklion?

    Thira to Heraklion is approximately 191 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Thira to Heraklion?

    5 popular ferry companies travel from Thira to Heraklion. These ferry companies are
    • Blue Star Ferries
    • Anek Lines
    • SeaJets
    • Minoan Lines
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Thira to Heraklion?

    Book Thira to Heraklion tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • How far is Heraklion from Thira?

    Thira to Heraklion is approximately 59 nautical miles distance apart.

Santorini (Thira) Guide

Located in the southern Aegean Sea is the Greek island of Santorini and lies around 200 km to the south east of the Greek mainland. It forms part of the Cycladic group of islands and is the only location in Europe to have a hot desert climate. A popular pastime for visitors to Santorini is to take a cruise to the island's three islets, which were created in ancient times during a volcanic eruption. The islets are called Nea Kammeni, Palea Kammeni and Thirassia and provide an excellent vantage point for visitors to see the volcano, being located to the west of the island. The island's capital is Fira and is full of typical Cycladic houses with whitewashed walls, blue domed churches and stepped streets full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

The island of Santorini has two ports. The main port is Athinios, where all the ferry and commercial boats arrive. There is also the Old Port which is mostly used for cruise ships. From the main port, ferries can be taken to Piraeus, Rafina and to the other islands in the Cyclades. Both conventional and high speed ferries operate on these routes.


Heraklion Guide

Located on the Greek island of Crete, Heraklion is the island's largest city and is one of the main urban centres in Greece. The city can trace its history back to at least the 9th century AD when its development began and then later came under the influence of the Arabs, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Popular sites in the city with tourists include the fortification walls that are essentially the boundary of the old city. These were first built by the Arabs and then reinforced by the Venetians. From the seven bastions, only the Martinengo bastion survives to this day and is where visitors will find the tomb of the renowned writer N. Kazantzakis, overlooking the city. The city was also a venue during the 2004 Olympic Games, and hosted games of the football tournament.

Located in the city's old port, visitors can still see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built and also the 16th century Koule Fortress. From the port, ferries depart to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also ferry services to the Greek mainland port of Piraeus.


Thira to Heraklion Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 19/02/2024 and 25/02/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 00:50 04:00 3 hours 10 minutes Fri
Blue Star Ferries 00:50 05:15 4 hours 25 minutes Sun
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